I wonder WHY???
Washington Post released a Chrome plug-in on Friday designed to fact-check posts from a single Twitter account.
I wonder WHY???
Washington Post released a Chrome plug-in on Friday designed to fact-check posts from a single Twitter account.
If you are experiencing issues with Google Chrome, such as frequent crashes, unexpected ads, unusual start pages or a toolbar mysteriously appears; then, you may want to download the Chrome Cleanup Tool. Simply download to your desktop (or a folder) AND run… This tool is made by Google to help track down issues with the Google Chrome browser. One important point to make here is that this tool will give you an option to set your browser settings to the default (original) settings; so, be aware of that. Otherwise, this is worth a shot if your are in a dilemma…
Google recently came out with a Google Chrome Extension called Google Save that gives you another way to bookmark webpages and images (similar to Pocket). I have been playing around with Google Save for approximately a month now and I am already seeing some improvements. After you install the extension you will see a star type icon. If you want to save a webpage for later viewing simply click the star. You can also use tags to categorize and organize the pages you save. To get to your saved pages, simply go to google.com/save …
Again, this is another extension by this developer that is carrying a very high user base rating. I am a big time user of Google Calendar and this extension makes it so that you can do any and all your calendaring activitiies easily from the Chrome Browser. If you want more details, information and support for Checker Plus for Google Calendar, I encourage you to visit the developer’s site — CLICK HERE
Again, as I did in the article about Checker Plus for Gmail, below you will find a video about Checker Plus for Google Calendar; AND, the highlights and features (verbatim as reflected on the developer’s site).
Enjoy! Great piece of work on something that I find to be very useful.
100 times more powerful than the “by Google” extension and with desktop and voice notifications and great reviews
Improve your productivity and your business with new features like this…
Select the text on any page like “…dinner Aug 26th at 3:30pm…” and right click to add it automatically for that date!
Right click a webpage and add it instantly to your calendar for tomorrow or any day or time! Try it in Gmail ex. a friend emails you to play soccer tomorrow, reply to them, then right click and save it to your calendar. Screenshot: http://bit.ly/o1Qxu4. You can also use the popup calendar see video:http://youtu.be/hrrZa2egQDc
Use Chrome’s address bar (Omnibox) to add an event by simply typing “cal” and then tab or space and your event title with the time or date – See screenshot: http://bit.ly/pmeFCU or video: http://youtu.be/owtEUtueXp4
When viewing a Facebook event page the popup gives you the choice to add it to your calendar
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You can make the Google Chrome Bookmarks and the Bookmarks manager more powerful by incorporating the intelligence of Google Search with a NEW modern user interface (called Bookmark Manager). This extension is a “must have” extension… You will especially like the “auto folders” feature that will automatically categorize your bookmarks for you. I never cared much for bookmark managers built into browsers, but this one has me thinking differently.
Here is what you get with this extension:
One-click save: When you bookmark, you can now save an image and note to make your bookmarks more helpful. Also, Google will suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit.
Improved search: Quickly find that elusive page with search powered by Google, which looks not only at the bookmark title and snippet, but also the bookmarked page’s content.
Collect bookmarks by topic: Your bookmarks will automatically be organized by topic, like “Tokyo” and “Photography.” If you’d rather, you can still organize them into folders yourself.
Familiar bookmarks, new look: Your existing bookmarks will automatically get updated with images and descriptions, wherever possible.
Share: Have a folder of favorite bookmarks? You can make it public and share the link with whomever you’d like to access it. Everything else will remain private.
Access your bookmarks anywhere: Bookmarked an article on your phone to finish reading on your laptop? Chrome will continue to sync your bookmarks across all of your devices, just like it does today.
If you use the Google Chrome Web Browser, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and hit the “H” key… This hotkey combination makes it easy to view your history (for the past 90 days) and to manage various aspects of it, such as “clearing your browsing history” and managing the history on any of your other google account signed-in devices.
Use the History page to view a list of websites you’ve ever visited in the last 90 days while using Google Chrome in standard mode. This page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you’ve deleted from your browsing history. If you’re signed in to Chrome on multiple devices you will see your browsing history from those signed-in devices. Any changes that you make to your history on one device will be synced to your other signed-in devices automatically.
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?
A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).
Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.
Learn a byte at a time, at What’s On My PC, with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!
[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA
[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system – Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew
[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com
[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker
[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips
[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips
[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known. Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s
Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On An HP Computer (following a hard drive failure) – This squeak is from a personal experience that I will keep short; therefore, a chopped up description.
Have you ever ran a marathon and you thought there was no end? To me the experience below was unbelievable and was like running a marathon.
My Father’s All-In-One HP computer, running Windows 8.1, still under warranty, had a hard drive failure. Called HP, patched to India, on the phone for an over an hour to run the diagnostics and listen to them trying to scare me into buying the extended warranty. Hard drive failure confirmed, patched to another person in India who kept telling me how wonderful I was. Hard drive shipped (within 3 days), and installed (in less than 15 minutes); then, the real fun began.
The drive shipped with HP’s Windows 8 recovery software. My objective was to get the machine up and running, then upgrade to Windows 8.1…
Long story short, started at 6 pm and finished after 1 am. Over 7 hours to run the recovery, download all of the Windows updates, and download/install Windows 8.1. The time involved did not include the other tweaking required to get my Father’s PC back to the point he originally was at (i.e. printer install, third party software installs, cosmetic changes, etc…).
I am definitely, at my next visit, going to image the disk… Has anyone else experienced this?
[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Microsoft Launches Cheaper Office 365 Personal – First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft’s cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners… @PCMag
[REMOTE PC ANDROID APP] Chrome Remote Desktop – Securely access your computers from your Android device. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect… @Google Play
[COMPUTER ACCESSORIES] Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives – The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB. SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.
The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case. The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters… @Amazon
[COMPUTER BACKUP SOFTWARE] FREE Backup Software Protects System & Data of Your PC – Back up your most important files and folders on a regular basis. Create a system image to keep Windows and applications safe. Back up entire hard disk or specified partitions, or just cloning them. Save time and effort with automatic, incremental, and differential backups… @AOMEI
[WEB APP] Zenpen – A minimalist writing zone by Tim Holman, to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing – with none of the distractions… @ZenPen
[HOW TO] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now – Now that you’ve had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld
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A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1 – (Make Sure Obamacare Exchange Sites Are Not Bogus) – Numerous people will be shopping for insurance at these sites and giving out personal information. “This is a perfect environment for identity thieves and other criminals to put together bogus (fake) sites to get personal information they can use or sell on the digital underground.” (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #2 – (Google Chrome Cruising Along At Version 30) – I had to throw this one out there to you. I can remember when Google Chrome was way behind in version numbers. Today, they are at version 30 which surpasses Internet Explorer and Firefox (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #3 – (Windows 8 Wallpaper Set): A site on my blogroll, called Awesome Wallpapers has a very nice set of Windows 8 wallpapers that you may want to add to your collection (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #4 – (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle): I came across this bundled deal on a tablet that includes a keyboard, desktop dock and get this; over $200 of free content including Hulu Plus membership, Google Play credit and Boingo Wi-Fi Access
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In the United States on October 1, 2013 a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (also popularly known as “Obamacare”) goes into effect. The Health Insurance Exchange will go live. These sites are where people will be able to sign up for health care coverage themselves rather than through their employer.
When a person starts looking through sites to find one, at this time, they’re faced with the challenge that there’s no official marking or labeling that they can look at on a site to know that it’s an officially sanctioned site.
The next problem is that when applying for health care coverage, you have to provide all of your most sensitive personal information not only for yourself but your entire family. Most of us won’t give our social security numbers out willingly. But when it comes to health care, the industry uses that information so regularly that we’ve come to accept handing that information over as a matter of course (even if we don’t like it).
Put these two things together and you’ve got a situation where people are primed to give away their most critical personal information to legitimate sites but can’t be sure of finding their way to those legitimate sites… READ MORE AT TREND MICRO
Chrome is no longer the young upstart it once was, and its pioneering spirit is often forgotten in the mists of time. It was Chrome’s sleek tab-driven interface with minimal real estate that was adopted by Firefox and the recent IE9… READ MORE
My Opinion: One of the best, privately run, wallpaper sites out there… GO THERE
We all are familiar with web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari; however, much is not said about Maxthon. Currently, I have Maxthon loaded on my Android phone and tablet and I have found it to be the best mobile device web browser out there. I think if you give the mobile version of Maxthon a try, I think you will find that it closely replicates the same browsing experience that you experience on your desktop computer.
I just learned yesterday that the developers of Maxthon recently released a NEW desktop version of Maxthon, called Maxthon Cloud Browser. I noticed that they had a portable version of Maxthon Cloud Browser available for download, so I decided to give it a spin.
To be honest (and I am still testing this), I am very impressed. I don’t have anything available to test page loads, but I can tell you from experience, this is probably one of the fastest browsers I have ever experienced. Also, this browser is loaded with a ton of built-in features (such as screen gestures, a dial pad, dual page view, a resource sniffer, a screen capture utility, and more…). I do have to admit, which is a fun thing for me, I had to do some exploring in order to find a lot of the features and how to turn things on and off (i.e. the sidebar).
What the main concept of Maxthon Cloud Browser is that Maxthon Cloud Browser is not limited to a single device ecosystem or operating system: It moves files, data and web session information from browser to browser, unconfined by a single set of cloud products or devices.
If you really want to try something NEW, download the portable version of Maxthon Cloud Browser and give it a try! I think you may see that this Browser, not likely to break the backs of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome; is a browser that may have a chance of coming out of nowhere.
The browser I primarily use is Google Chrome. A feature in Chrome, that is little used and can be quite handy, is the built-in task manager. The Chrome Task Manager can provide you with details about the specific processes that are running (plus CPU, Network bandwidth being consumed, and a multitude of other options).
The easiest and quickest way I found to get to the task manager is simply right mouse click on Chrome’s tab bar (at the top of the screen) and select Task Manager. You can also get to the Task manager by clicking on the wrenchon the browser toolbar, by selecting Tools and then Task Manager OR use the shortcut keys Shift+Esc.
Chrome’s task manager is quite useful to determine what processes (i.e. tabs, extensions, etc.) is consuming the most memory and CPU cycles. This can be quite helpful when you suspect that there is an errant application or process running that is causing Chrome to misbehave.
To force a webpage or application to close in Google Chrome, select the webpage, then click End process. Sometimes multiple websites might share a single process, depending on how you opened them.
You can also right mouse click within the Task Manager Window to toggle on/off other options that may be helpful when troubleshooting.
Did you know that when you visit a site on the internet, your web browser archives the site address? This archival process is commonly referred to as the browser history. The main purpose of the history is that if you forget the site address of a site you may have visited, you can go into the history to find the site. I really do not know many home-based computer users who actually do this; but, it is important to know that it does exist. This is especially helpful to know, if you have children or teenagers accessing the internet.
The browser history can tell a story about a person’s browsing habits and patterns, to include the time and date when a site was visited. If you are at work and your workplace is strict on what you are accessing on the internet (and when), just remember your tracks can be easily traced. It is not uncommon for an employer, on the server side, to capture what sites a person has visited (and when) on the internet; even if you dump the browser’s history file.
On the basic level of things, like at home, and you have a need to know and you need a quick way of grabbing the browsing history on a Windows based computer, I highly recommend the utilities by NirSoft that specifically specialize in reading the history file of the most popular browsers out there. Simply download any of these, unzip, run and watch the magic.
With each of these utilities, you can easily export the history data to text/HTML/Xml file.
On many occasions, when working on a blog article (or post), I find it useful to open two browser windows side-by-side in order to quickly research information in one browser window and quickly post my thoughts or links in the other browser window. Windows 7 gives us the ability to drag a window to the sides of the monitor to make this happen; however, when using my browser (Google Chrome) there is another (easier way) that requires only two clicks of the mouse.
It is called, Dualless…
Dualless is a Google Chrome Browser extension that gives you the ability to split your browser window in two (to simulate a dual monitor setup). For example, if you have two tabs open in Chrome, by clicking on the Dualless button on the extension toolbar, you will be presented with various ratios that you can split the browser window (see below). Simply click on a ratio selection and the browser tabs will separate into two windows at the ratio you desire. To return to a full screen window simply click on the Dualless button, select the ratio of “1” and the browser will return to full screen.
So far I am finding Dualless to be an extremely useful tool when blogging (as I mentioned), researching information and for shopping on the internet.
While making my rounds on the tech blogs, I was reading an article at Guiding Tech and in that article was a side tip informing people about using the F3 key in Google Chrome.
To expand on that tip, the F3 key is typically used to invoke a search (for text) in your web browser; whether it be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. I am pretty certain the F3 key is a standard key used in just about any browser to invoke a text search on a web page. For example, let’s say you pull up a news site and you are looking for an article (or text) related to a specific topic. Simply hit the F3 key and you will be presented with a search box to type in what you are looking for. Once you enter the text and hit “Enter” on the keyboard, every instance of the text on the web page will be highlighted. Usually there are up and down arrows to navigate through each instance of the text on the page. I found that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome do the best job in highlighting the text; whereas, Internet Explorer you can lose track of where the highlighted text is located.
Using the F3 key is especially helpful when viewing a list or very long web page and will definitely save you time. When I saw that tip on Guiding Tech, I thought I need to get that tip out there. This is one key that I definitely recommend remembering…
It is that time again… Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community. If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.